Monday, April 18, 2011

O is for Once Upon A Time...

"Once upon a time" is a stock phrase that has been used in some form since at least 1380 (according to the Oxford English Dictionary) in storytelling in the English language, and seem to have become a widely accepted convention for opening oral narratives by around 1600. These stories often then end with "... and they all lived happily ever after", or, originally, "happily until their deaths".
(taken from Wikipedia)

Enjoy the nonsense...

Once upon a time
I decided to climb
a tree made of lime
that was covered in slime.

I slipped and I fell
with barely a yell
into a very deep well
with a super bad smell.

I splashed around
until a tunnel I found
that led out of the ground
so I was safe and sound.

Yeah...
Don't think that one's gonna be winning me any prizes!


17 comments:

Joanne said...

Maybe no prizes but at least your safe and sound!

grant said...

Hehe very cute.

I think it would work better if you edited it to include a constant meter of 5 syllables per line.

I calculated your current syllables meter as:

5 6 5 6
5 5 6 6
4 7 6 6

Rachel Morgan said...

Yeah, I did count the syllables, but I figured since it was just nonsense it didn't really matter!

Pk Hrezo said...

LOL! I like it tho!

Laura Josephsen said...

Hehehe, I really like the poem! :D

D U Okonkwo said...

Wow that takes me back. The beginning to every classical nursery story.

Nas Dean said...

I liked it! Funny!

Madeleine said...

LOL! Well you got the rhymes really well :O)

Nicole L Rivera said...

Lol. But it's catchy :)

Cally Jackson said...

Hehehe. It may not win you any awards but it was still heaps of fun to read! :-)

Kari Marie said...

That was a fun poem. Phew! So glad you got out...LOL. I didn't know that the first form of Happily ever after was Happily until their deaths. Interesting.

Ciara said...

It's fun. Sometimes that's what writing is all about.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Are you kidding? I loved it! :D

Lydia K said...

That was cute, I liked it!

Kittie Howard said...

Hey, really cute poem! Interesting about how 'happily ever after' came to be...couldn't help but wonder if there were a religious influence, ie, no post ironing clothes guarantees!

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Mary Aalgaard said...

Thanks for the history on the common openers and closers in writing. Cute poem.